Material and Medium: Brass
Dimensions: Overall: 120 x 108 x 144mm (4 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 5 11/16in.)
Department: Decorative Art
Accession Number: L18.104.22.1680
This is a casket made in Persia (modern day Iran) and donated to the Museum in 1881 as part of the Bragge collection.
The casket is made of brass which is chased/engraved with figures and floral ornamentation, including scenes of animals being hunted.
It has handles at the sides, and a hinged lid with a clasp.
This casket is one of several objects collected by William Bragge (1823 – 1884), a civil engineer, antiquarian, and author. As an engineer he worked on many projects overseas and used this as an opportunity to collect many interesting objects. He had a particular interest in collecting writing about tobacco and antiques. Between 1858 and 1872 he worked in Sheffield as a director of steel manufacturer John Brown & Company. In 1870, he became Master Cutler of Sheffield.